Barry Byron Mills, the leader of the prison gang of the Aryan Brotherhood, died in a federal prison where he spent most of his life.
Mills, also known as the Baron, was found dead July 8 in his solitary confinement in a prison in Florence, Colorado, according to Mercury News. He was 70 years old and he served several life sentences.
A native of San Francisco, Mills joined the Aryan Brotherhood while in San Quentin prison in the 1970s. Later, he became a leader, recruiting fighters in his gang around the state. His influence has spread throughout the country, but in Northern California, the gang is the strongest in the United States. From there, most of its senior members are appointed.
“There is no doubt about his influence. This fact is undeniable, “the federal prison overseer Robert Hood told the newspaper. “I’m not trying to glorify him, but I can tell you the following: most of the prisoners respected him and were afraid.”
Mills was known for having committed brash, brutal killings, including a brutal attempt at decapitation during federal detention in Georgia. Mills first drew the attention of the authorities when they found out that he was planning a robbery of banks in California right from his cell.
The authorities said that Mills’s death does not look suspicious. The results of the autopsy may take weeks.